An exponentially enhanced family program!

June 11, 2018

The FMG today confirmed its reputation as one of the summer’s unmissable family events. FMG spokesperson Patrice Bélanger announced an innovative lineup of activities, with something for every generation of festival-goers! From August 30 to September 3, they will get to swing from cold sweats during our evasion games to blissful transcendence during the morning yoga sessions at the lift-off area.


“This new program simply reflects the wishes expressed by our loyal followers. Some of them have been coming to the FMG for 30 years. Where once they brought their children, now they are bringing their grandchildren. Because of that, the organization decided to develop immersive multi-generational activities so that the tykes and the teens could hang out with their parents and grandparents. We positioned the hot air balloon as the catalyst for these new experiences which, you could say, are unique to Gatineau!” explained Patrice Bélanger. So without further ado, here are the new activities we have for you:


Silent DJ nights

Prepare for a whole new musical experience amidst the night glow of the hot air balloons. Put on your headphones and pick your mood from the selections spun by up to three DJs. Blend in with the feel of the music, and dance away in the spectacular and colourful surroundings! 

Retro and techno zone

Ever wonder what your parents and grandparents did for fun? Find out for yourself in our brand new retro and techno zone, complete with arcade games like pinball machines and Ms. Pac-Man, along with Nintendo and Super Nintendo consoles! Youngsters will get to share their virtual reality skills with the latest in game helmets. Then you can catch their breath in the rest area armchairs before getting into a wild round of table soccer!

Evasion games

Just for an instant, become a player in a top action film with our whole new Infiltration activity, which offers up an impressive escape room experience. Pair up into teams of two (father-daughter, auntie-nephew) and solve your riddle so you can get out of one of the five crisis rooms in 20 minutes!

Morning yoga at the lift-off area

What could be more Zen than observing an early-morning hot air balloon lift-off? Adding in a sunrise while taking part in a yoga session offered by Sporthèque! Beginners and advanced practitioners will get to engage and release in harmony with the aerial dance of the balloons. You’ll see how your body and soul turn light…as light as a hot air balloon!


Join us at the Akropark for a little fun. An entertaining akrobranch circuit with six different games, including climbing nets, footbridges and rope bridges. A dynamic outdoor adventure brought to you in partnership with Arbraska!

Fêtes en Boîtes

Hone your observation skills with our new discovery rally! A group activity for real heroes! Fêtes en Boîtes will be on hand to add to the fun with a wide selection of disguises and makeup, at nominal cost.

Gatineau Skateboard

A great chance to try out or fine tune your skateboarding skills under the guidance of professionals. Be sure not to miss the spectacular skate demonstrations!

Family Stage

Needless to say, one of the highlights of our family program takes place right under the Family Stage big top! This year, once again you will get to see Ari Cui Cui with her delectable blend of sunny songs and crazy summertime adventures, Atchoum and her Prêt, pas prêt! show, Bill Bestiole, who will teach us how to love insects in an interactive musical show, Télé-Québec’s La fête de famille, which promises us something special in honour of its 50th anniversary, and Arthur L’aventurier, who this time will take us to Canada’s Rockies. 

Amusement rides that will make your head spin!

Amusement ride passes are now available online! Get yours for the Freefall, the Himalaya, the Pirate Ship and the all new Genesis! A total of 30 rides for kids of all ages guarantee an unforgettable experience!

Tried and true classics

We will be bringing back the all-time favourites: Desjardins lift-offs, Night Glow, Metro inflatable games, graffiti, meet the pilots, Repti-Zone, Altitude Gym climbing wall, explore a hot air balloon, TopDek hockey and, naturally, the dazzling Michel Quesnel pharmacien fireworks!


No service fees until june 17

Don’t miss out on this new multi-generational variety pack. Get your wristbands now! Service fees are waived until June 17, for a $5 saving per transaction! Remember that kids aged 10 and under get in free!


Stay tuned for the many upcoming announcements about the program lineup for the 31st edition of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival!